The Perak State Government is considering a plan to augment the water supply in Kerian District. The RM300-million project will involve the routing of water from Perak River to Kurau River in order to sustain Kerian district and areas in Kamunting during dry spells.
“We’re in discussion with the federal government for funding requirement,” said Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir to reporters after chairing the Perak Water Board monthly meeting on Monday, May 16.
The plan, he said, involved the building of a tunnel from Perak River to Kurau River.
He added that RM10 million has been allocated by the federal government to remove peat soil from the Bukit Merah reservoir.
“The 110-year-old reservoir is the oldest in the country and ad-hoc measures to halt siltation will not solve the problem. Deepening and dredging works to remove peat soil will be carried out carefully,” he told reporters.
The River Bank Filtration method, which was carried out in Kuala Kangsar three years ago, will be employed to supply at least 25 million litres of drinking water per day from the Bukit Merah reservoir.